Hospice of St Francis director Doctor Ros Taylor has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The Hospice of St Francis chief has been honoured for her services to hospice care.
The dedicated charity leader has seen the Northchurch-based hospice grow from a small local organisation to a leading centre for palliative care and teaching, which now reaches far and wide in both care and impact.
Dr Ros said: “I am absolutely honoured and delighted and would like to pay tribute to the hundreds of people who have supported me along my hospice journey over the last 17 years.”
She said her work has been inspired by the patients and their families who have faced illness and loss with resilience and humour.
“It is this courage in the face of tragedy and sadness, that has made me realise how important it is to support people at the most difficult time of their lives,” she said.
“It is these stories that have fuelled my passion to ensure that hospice care is sustained and available to all those who need it.
“So taking the credit is difficult as so many of you have contributed to this journey.”
She said she will use the honour to raise the profile of the Hospice of St Francis and also the wider value of hospice and palliative care to the wellbeing of society.